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for the holidays and left for hawaii without a deal in place. with nine days left now, is it too late? remember the house budget committee marcia blackburn joins us now. congressman thank you for joining us. >> sure. >> before we get underway, i would love to play for you. play for you right now the president's words just before he departed on his hawaii vacation. here he is. >> so as we leave town for a few days to be with our families for the holidays, i hope it gives everybody some perspective. everybody can cool off. everybody can drink some eggnog and have some christmas cookies and sing some christmas carols and enjoy the company of loved ones. >> and then, congressman, just after he said that senator jeff sessions of alabama said this, and i shall quote, president obama today gave another speech about the fiscal cliff, no plan, nothing that can be scored or analyzed, just another speech. if president obama wishes to avoid the fiscal cliff then he with all of the power and influence he holds as the leader of this nation must submit to congress in legislative form a plan that he believes c
a deal. >> aloha, hawaii. >> to my republican colleagues, the ronald reagan model is if you get 80% of what you want, that's a pretty good day. >> they were this close. they were this close to a solution. >> he's going to get tax rate hikes. >> are we going over the cliff? >> i believe we are. >> be republican and be conservative and pass a bill that cuts tax. >> boehner has no control over his extreme right wing faction. >> should anybody's taxes be raised at this point? answer yes or no. >> no. no. ♪ >> we begin as president obama and the senate head back to washington set for one last effort to avert the first fiscal cliff. aloha means good-bye for the president as he packs bound for the white house tonight. the president cutting short his vacation leaving michelle and the girls behind as he gets back to work to try to prevent tax increases and spending cuts due to begin next week. there's just one problem. it appears there would be no house republicans to help hammer out a deal. the gop leadership has not yet called their members back to d.c. and will not be in session tomorr
's flight is cancelled. >> gretchen: we'll talk about that. say aloha in hawaii. president obama will return early from his family's vacation and get back to worth work on the fiscal cliff. peter doocy is live with more on the vacation cutting his vacation short. >> the president will get one more full day of sunshine in hawaii befored hading back to dc. air force one is expected to leave 10:00 p.m. where he is. 3:00 a.m. eastern time and that will get him back thursday morning where he & and speaker boehner need to figure out how to bridge a 400 million dollar gap in their positions to avoid the fiscal cliff. the last time we heard from the president, he thought a break would benefit and bring lawmakers together. to make a difference >> everybody can cool off and drink egg nogand have christmas cookies and sing christmas carrolls and enjoy the company of loved ones and ask every member of congress when they are back home to think about that. think . obligations of people who cent us here. >> speaker boehner is expected to return to dc any time he with drew the republican plan b deal that ex
, ms. hanabusa of hawaii, would like to take in memory of the extraordinary senator. i had the pleasure of working with him in the mid 1990's when i was the deputy secretary of the department of interior, we were working on the native hawaiian lands issues. he was a remarkable individual, one that not only understood the intricacies of that very complex situation, but also had enormous passion for the native hawaiians. and so tonight i yield whatever time she might want to take to our colleague from the great state of washington -- hawaii. ms. hanabusa: thank you very much to the gentleman from california. i'm here to honor a state which is unique and as special as the person i honor. the person i rise to honor is daniel k. inouye. a person who cannot be described by a single adjective. a person whose accomplishments would cause you to pause and say, is this one person? is this one man? a person was awarded the greatest honor anyone who serves in the military can achieve, the congressional medal of honor. but it was an honor about 55 years late. from a country that questioned his loyalt
is hawaii. the house is out of session. the senate is adjourned. they are going to coming back on the 27th. that gives them five days. they have been talking about this fiscal cliff for months. last five days and they have to involves more than a trillion dollars and billions of dollars in tax hikes. how can they get it done? they won't. president on friday gave the all clear for members not to do a big package. he said, look, let's do a stopgap. in other words, let's stop everyone from having their taxes go up and do something smaller so on january 1st it's not just this big looming.... >> does that mean the president could offer extend the tax rates for six months and begin negotiating all over again beginning in january, obviously that would be the usual procrastination in washington, is that what you are talking about here? >> i think what will happen, the president will look for ways to gain the most leverage for himself. the conventional wisdom, democrats really gain power if january 1st comes along and everybody's taxes goes up. it brings revenues in the treasury and raises rates on
that have psychotic breaks. >> the five states with the lowest death rate from guns. hawaii, rhode island, massachusetts, connecticut, and new york, erotically. the five highest, louisiana, mississippi, alaska, nevada, alabama. the other five have the highest gun ownership in the country and the most relaxed laws. >> we have the toughest gun laws in the city. it did not do much to cut down on the violence. it took a lot of police to do it. >> go on the internet. google gun-control and see what you come up with. statements from the founding fathers about our guns. toward washington. -- george washington. try to stop gun sales in this country, you will run into a series of roadblocks. >> australia had a mass killing in the mid-1990s and they passed a severe loss where all existing guns had to be turned in. the government bought them back. after a certain date if they were in your home, you were arrested. they have had a decrease in crime and suicide, which is an interesting development. it seems to me, you either have to go that route, which you cannot in the u.s. -- gun ownership in austra
breaeak. >> one quick thing here the ve states the lowowest death rates from guns. hawaii, rhode island, massachusetts, connecticicut, new york. those are the fiveighest louisia, mississippi alaska, nevada, and alama. the former has theoughest gun lalaws and the lowest gun ownership. the oth five have the h highest gun ownership in the country and the most relaxed laws. >> we have the toughest gun laws in the city. it did not do much to cut down on the violence. it took a lot of policingng to do it. >> >> the state department had not given benghazi the security, both physical and personal resources, it needed. >> former ambassssador thomas pickering, chairman of the accountability review board. the board's report is the result of a pre designation so far- three rignation so fafar, but added that the end of this debate. >> it is not but i feel like -- when somebody is going down the street and they cut someononeff. the other guy isis serious and the errant driversays yoyou are right here that is what happened this week. the ate department saiaid you were right. it sort of took the wind o
a psychotic break. >> one quick thing here the five states the lowest death rates from guns. hawaii, rhode island, massachusetts, connecticut, new york. those are the five highest, louisiana, mississippi, alaska, nevada, and alabama. the former has the toughest gun laws and the lowest gun ownership. the other five have the highest gun ownership in the country and the most relaxed laws. >> we have the toughest gun laws in the city. it did not do much to cut down on the violence. it took a lot of policing to do it. go on the internet and find out when you come up with gun- control. george washington. fire arms ban next to the constitution itself. they are the americans liberty. try to stem gun sales in this country you will run into a serious roadblock. >> australia had a mass killing in the mid-90's's. it passed a severe loss where all existing guns had to return then. the government brought them back. after a certain date if there were in your home, you were arrested. they have had a decrease in crime, especially in suicide, an interesting development. it seems to me you either have to go
complications on monday, at age 88. he will be returned home to hawaii tomorrow, and a public service will be held at the national memorial cemetery of the pacific on sunday, before he is laid to rest in his home state. the service is about one hour and 45 minutes. >> i am resurrection, and i am light, says the lord. whoever has faith in the show have life, though he dies. everyone who has life and has committed himself to me in faith shall not die forever. as for me, i know that my redeemer lives, and that of the last you will stand upon the earth. after my awaking, he will raise me up. and in my body, i shall see god. my eyes shall behold him who is my friend and not a stranger. ford none of us has life in themself, and nunn becomes his own master when we die. for if we have life, we are alive in the lord, and if we die, we die in the lord. so then whether we live or die, we are the lord's possession. happy from now on are those who die in the lord. so it is said of the spirit, for the rest from their labors. >> as dean of washington national cathedral, on behalf of the bishop, i we
. >> reporter: it feels like it, the president is in hawaii and congress is out of town and the fiscal cliff negotiations are on hold for the holidays with no agreement in sight. john boehner is throwing the ball in the democrats' court saying the debt is too high, spending out of control and taxes should not go up. in the g.o.p.'s weekly address, he accused the president and the democrats of refusing to accept a reasonable compromise. >> the best way to address our crippling debt is to make significant spending cuts and fix our tax code. to pave the way for long term growth and opportunity. this is an approach most americans support and remains republicans' highest priority. but we only run the house. democrats continue to run washington. >> reporter: the president left town for his traditional christmas in hawaii and he and his family arriving there this morning and he has gotten in a round of golf already. before leaving the white house, he stayed back hayes spe-- scal back his expectations, and he said it is time for compromise. >> president barack obama: we move forward together sore we
of the coffin carrying hawaii senator daniel inouye as it is carried into the capitol where he will lie in state. a great honor for a man who was the original congressman when hawaii was made a state and spent all of the rest of those years serving in washington. we'll be right back. rol, how does it work? you just he to eat it as part of your heart healthy diet. step 1. eat the soup. all those veggies and beans, that's what may help lower your cholesterol and -- well that's easy [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. martha: we start with this fox news alert. a memorial service for the late u.s. senator daniel inouye is beginning inside the rotunda of the u.s. capitol building right now. the beloved senator from hawaii lying in state, a great honor bestowed on this gentleman who was beloved by so many on capitol hill. you have congressional leaders and vice president biden who will make remarks and lay wreaths at the senator's casket. he was a world war ii veteran, 17-years-old when pearl harbor was bombed. the first american japanese representative on capitol hill, breaking t
can't imagine their consciences. >> reporter: of course president obama has left hawaii. he is heading back to washington from his family vacation. we learned from the white house that the president had made calls to the top four congressional leaders mcconnell and boehner on the republican side, pelosi and reid on the democratic side. we'll see what the president has in mind when he touches down back in washington a little later this morning, harris. harris: mike you mentioned it. i'm mentioning it too. it is coming into the newsroom from senator mcconnell's spokesperson and just wondering what the republicans say they want. they want to review legislation and make decisions how best to proceed. they're waiting for now the white house to make the next move. >> reporter: there is definitely a game of chicken going on where the senate democrats are saying, well we need to know from mcconnell what he is willing to do. mcconnell is saying i will not rubberstamp a plan i haven't seen so you need to lay out a plan. we know from speaker boehner's spokesman he is in ohio. he will let us know
on president obama and his family, their holiday plans. they're arriving in hawaii early this morning for the family vacation. touching down after midnight in honolulu, and releasing the president's final address to the nation before the the new year, here is a bit of it. >> that's what makes the season so special, getting to spend time with the people we love most. >> and this year, that's especially true for some of our military families, you see shall the war in iraq is over, the transition in afghanistan is underway, and after a decade of war, our heroes are coming home. all across america military families are reuniting. so this week, let's give thanks for our veterans and their families and let's say a prayer for all our troops, especially those in afghanistan, who are spending this holiday season overseas, risking their lives to defend the freedoms we hold so dearly. >> jamie: we appreciate what they do. and in the republican address, house speaker john boehner focusing on a yet to be decided plan to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, saying it's now up to the president and demo
course. his ex-girlfriend said he recently quit his job sold all of hiss and planned to move to hawaii. according to detectives he left his car in the parking lot walked right into the macy's store carrying that rifle. he stole it from someone he knew and a long time family friend read a statement on behalf of robert's mother. >> tammy wishes to express her shock and grief in the event at the counstown center on tuesday. she has no understanding or explanation for her son's behavior. >> police are continuing to chase leads as they try to find out what the explanation was for this deadly attack. back to you ladies. >> thank you, ainsley. >> if a deal can't be reached before january the 1st we will go over that fiscal cliff we talked so much about. as the clock ticks where do merps stand on the troubled economy. peter doocy is live with brand new poll numbers. >> hi heather. we have been hearing so much about what the principal negotiators think about the way around the fiscal cliff. the latest is that president obama is troubled by speaker boehner's suggestion that tax cuts to the wealt
to hawaii. he never followed through on that. instead police say he put a hockey mask on and headed toward the clackamas town center mall on tuesday afternoon. ended up killing a dedicated hospice nurse and respected former radio executive. critically wounded a 15-year-old girl before he finally committed suicide. it all brings us right to dan simon. he's live from suburban portland this morning. what else do we know about jacob roberts? >> reporter: well, good morning, soledad. his name surfaced less than 24 hours ago so it's still a bit early in the investigation. but the things that you would typically look at, his family life, you know, where he works, his relationships, haven't seen really any obvious signs. investigators say they haven't found a criminal history, no violent past. so at this point things don't really add up. people have been trying to look at his facebook page, esee if there are any clues there. there is a piece of artwork on his facebook page saying follow your dreams. the word "cancelled" stamped over it. could that suggest anything? at this point we don't know that
and hawaii. officials tell cnn that the working assumption is that the north koreans got outside help from others, including iran. so today's launch is raising some huge concerns. let's go to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. i assume they are pretty surprised and alarmed by the successful launch over at the pentagon? >> look, wolf, because of everything you just mentioned, indeed, the u.s. military, the intelligence committee have been watching north korea for days now 24/7 because they did expect to launch and they announced it. but they were having technical problems so a lot thought it wouldn't happen until next week. when it happened last week, there was a surprise. the north korean anchor's excitement was clear. >> announcing the launch of a long-range rocket that put a north korean satellite to orbit around the earth. they clearly achieved one goal raising everyone's anxiety level. >> this is a step towards the ability to build a long-range missile that could strike parts of the united states. >> but i don't think this really was a great advance forward. i think in terms of
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. >> he's also a black guy from hawai'i who used to surf. >> cenk: most importantly, he used to smoke. >> that's what i'm saying into that's what drives me crazy. at least the last three presidents smoked marijuana. they didn't serve any jail time. they became president of the united states. and you served nine months. >> not only a pot smoker, but cocaine user, george bush. >> cenk: yes. >> the hypocrisy are bedfellows. >> cenk: i heard you took the plea deal to spare your son and your wife. >> that was--that's what they told me because legally i was clean. they couldn't touch me because the most iowas my face on a bong. >> cenk: it's not like tommy was dealing drugs or anything. you were selling bongs. >> legally selling bongs. we had a factory in gardena california. we were paying taxes. there was a little law that was only used once on me, i think a paraphernalia law that said it was illegal to ship paraphernalia across state lines. that made it a federal offense. by the way joe biden wrote the law. >> cenk: i hope you're right. biden and obama don't have a great record on this. l
hours to get the conclusion. the president's plane won't take off for hawaii probably until saturday afternoon at 3:00. there'll be the pearls if you will tied to the railroad tracks. and in the end they'll get a deal this saturday. because it looks like arithmetic at this point. it'll be $500,000 a year. how do you see it? you're a games person. you know how they're looking at this thing. >> you know, i'm not sure. we usually agree, chris. i'm not sure we see it the same way. john boehner appears to be going off his own personal political cliff. what he is doing if you just look back at the last few days, clearly it seems he and the president were dealing with each other in relatively good faith. they were compromising. they were both giving up things that were making their base unhappy. and then boehner goes to plan "b" and says they're going to vote on plan "b." now he's sticking to the plan "b" yesterday, except it sounds -- last thing i heard when i went in here is he's going to attack spending cuts. because he doesn't control his caucus, chris. he's getting such major blowback
his hawaii vie cation today. at the top of this hour, expecting any minute on the senate floor that harry reid might come and give us some comment and guidance here on where to expect fiscal cliff talks to go over the next 48 hours or so. we know that the house of representatives will not be in session today but speaker bain he or she conferencing in his colleagues on a phone call this afternoon, all that up against a monday deadline. now we are told by game leadership that they will advise their numbers by saturday if they are going to bring them back into washington for a vote on anything on monday if there is a deal. there you see the united states senate is coming into session is this morning. we are going to keep an eye out for those remarks from senator reid, and of course, remarks on this fiscal cliff debacle have been moving the markets throughout the past couple of weeks, wait and see what harry reid has to say. guys, not a whole lot here to give those guys consumer confidence. >> the essence of poll takes what what we are seeing now this is no surprise, push comes to
. clinton can get back to work. >> he represents hawaii from the time it bicame a state in 1951. and in 1945 in world war ii, he was lobbying hand grenades to the enemy and lost his roit arm. he was friends with a fellow american soldier named bob dole and they went together to champion for veteran's rights . the senator died from respiratory complications and he was 88 years old and his last word was aloha. >> steve: we told you the story over the last couple of weeks by the marine by the name of john hammer. he was going hunting to costa ricka and when he was in matamoras mexico. he declared i have this gun and they say it is not a proper size. they threw him in jail. he did not have the proper permits. but what is interesting about that isolation cell. it is a storage closest. >> gretchen: he's chained to the bed. and we interviewed his mother and he's been chained their since august. he got the gun from his great grand father he registered it before he crossed the border and he was told it is okay. is he held illegally on false charges. hed representatives in state of florida. rubio and
-year-old danny inouye saw the japanese planes over his hawaii home, on december 7, 1941, his first impulse was to help so he ran to help. he had emergency medical training and so he used that training to help bind the wounds of the americans injured in the attack on pearl harbor. his second impulse, just as strong, was to defend our country. but the america of 1941 did not want his service. in fact, it considered danny and his fellow japanese americans suspect and called them enemy aliens. and confined more than 100,000 of them to internment camps. when danny inouye tried to enlist to defend his country, his country told him you are not welcome. but danny inouye did not allow anger and resentment to overcome his love of country says something remarkable about him and about our country. when in 1943 president roosevelt allowed japanese americans to enlist in the fight against nazi germany, inouye and thousands of young men answered the call. he burned with desire to defend the nation that had told him and people of his background -- quote -- "you may not serve." a nation that still
for the people of hawaii, every single day that he lived, in public service. his love of the state and every hawaiian was so abundantly clear through his massive list of accomplishments, overwhelming list of accomplishments, since hawaii became a state, dan had been working for it as the first congressman ever elected by that state, and only the third senator, and his efforts are clear in his state's roads, bridges, airports, schools, military bases, health care, oceans and almost every aspect of american life that reached to the islands. he played a truly momentous role in making hawaii what it is today. dan and i worked together on the commerce committee for 27 years. i was always -- felt very close to him, i remember sitting with him quietly, maybe sharing a joke when i was lucky enough to be sitting beside him. but most often just listening. he was thinking, waiting for discussion to ripen. he never once spoke just for the sake of it. yet when he did speak, watch out. i watched him a number of times, which i could well recite, when he took an argument that the commerce committee had let
history remembered today with a moment of silence at pearl harbor in hawaii at 7:55 a.m. that's the exact time the bombs dropped, killing 2,390 service members and 49 civilians. amazing. >> that's it for us. thanks very much for watching. you can always follow what's going on here in the situation room on twitter. i'm @wolfblitzer. >> i'm yt kate bolduan. >>> "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. >> outfront next, john boehner says the sprt slow walking to the edge of the fiscal cliff. but the house speaker did give us one flash of hope if you listen to his words very carefully. the u.s. is updating its military plans against syria as new intelligence shows assad's regime is loading sarin gas into bombs. and president obama's pot problem. let's go "outfront." >>> i'm tom foreman in for erin burnett. outfront tonight, the magic number after a whole week of harsh words here in washington and threats to, did house speaker john boehner hint ever so slightly at a compromise today that could finally edge us away from the dreaded fiscal cliff? it comes down to tax rates. this is a huge stick
. he came back from hawaii, he had to do something. so they had a meeting. if you don't have new offers you don't have progress. you did have a frank exchange but they in in the business of macking a deal there is no real evidence that they moved. so i remain that we will probely go oferm then once that happens then all sort of things start a lining. speaker boehner gets reelect as speaker t is easier to pass a tax cut than do it beforehand. everyone goes crazy outside so there is more pressure. so i still think it's much more likely that not much has happened. >> what do you think? looking busy, that's all that is happening right now? >> i think that it was a chance, on january 3rd, he has the votes from the republican congress, land there is no reason to think doesn't, then will be re-elected to peaker of the house. but if 17 republicans and we know there are more than that number of rebels, iconoclasts in that esteemed body o decide to not vote then john boehner will leave it in limb above. but i think once he is re-elected as speaker on the 3rd of january w a new congress, first of
his annual vacation in hawaii to deal with the fiscal cliff. no sight of congressional leaders. they're not in town. investors getting a little bit nervous. will congress get it together in time? no talks that we know of are imminent. it was by at least one measure, the weakest holiday retail sales growth since the financial crisis back in 2008, but could a post-christmas holiday sales bounce be around the corner? >>> and what a year it has been for tech. gadgets and gizmos. apple, facebook, microsoft all have big news. will 2013 be a lucky year for the sector? which tech titans might lead the new trends? simon hobbs is in at the new york stock exchange. >> good afternoon. when president obama arrives back in d.c., can he prevent america falling over the fiscal cliff? house republicans haven't yet called their members back to washington. our chief political correspondent, john harwood, is with us. john, this feels very much like it might be the calm before the storm in more way than one. >> it could be if we go over the cliff and the storm would be generated by the markets and the lo
times." host: the code of hawaii -- the governor of hawaii possibly been the replacement for daniel inouye, reported by cbs news. picking up on the remaining time and before the next senate, comes in. president obama spoke on friday and talked about the senator's service and he might not have considered a career in public service had not been for the senator. [video clip] >> he was a proud democrat and a proud american. were it not for those insights planted in my head at the age of 11 in between is the land and a trip to yellowstone -- between disneyland -- i'm not have considered a career in public service and might not be standing here today. i think it's fair to say that daniel inouye was perhaps my earliest political inspiration. ost: senator daniel in a ouye passed away earlier this year. we're looking at your political hero of 2012. mitch is from tennessee on the democrat's line. caller: i just want to say that my political hero had to be bernie sanders. he started talking about not paying taxes on the high end. i say bernie sanders got it right. ask anybody about the rich pa
for the american people. >> reporter: of course the president would like to go to hawaii for the annual vacation. lawmakers would like to go home to be with families over christmas holidays. threatening to work through the holidays may get some people's attention, jon. jon: we haven't heard from the president so far today as far as i know. we heard from house democrats. what are they saying. >> reporter: we heard from leading house democrats, social security is off the table. the president says so. they are pushing republicans in the house to take up a vote on bush middle class tax cuts which obviously the republicans also want but want it is a part of a bigger deal. here is more from a leading democrat a short time ago. >> what about jobs? what are you guys doing down there? and the hard truth is speaker boehner has a difficult task. i believe that he will succeed in bringing his conference around. >> reporter: so a bit of optimism from a leading house democrat there, jon. jon: optimism is in short supply these days. we'll take all of it that we can get i guess. mike emanuel, thanks. >> reporte
sales. >>> hawaii might sound goo. sun, in partly cloudy to the north. highs upper 40s, low 50, cold and breezy. >> thank you, steve. >>> in burlingame, hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects to victims of the connecticut schoal scooting. >> olivia engel, 6. [bell tolling] >> the names were read aloud -- and a aloud and a -- were read aloud and a candlelit for them. >> people in our community are just heartbroken over what's happened in connecticut. we all identify with the parents and with the community. these little children have been killed so horribly. >> one person with a special bond to newtown is betty. she grew up there and her grief was clearly visible during last night's service. >>> more bay area candlelight vigil vigil are scheduled for tonight -- more bay area candlelight vigils are scheduled for tonight at 6:00 and ameral park in plan tonight -- in pleasant tonight. and also there will be one tomorrow. >>> more people are buying guns these days after that tragedy in connecticut. gun owners in oregon, virginia, texas say many are buying guns fearing for their
, of course, like what can we do about it? right now, the president makes his way back from hawaii today and tonight. the house, we don't know when they are back. boehner is stuck in a blizzard in butler county ohio and don't know when he'll be back. more details from the survey which is interesting. 68% of those polled said negotiators should compromise and 22% said stick to your principles. interesting people are weighing in on this and starting to think about this as we approach the deadline. >> the policies are fascinating, democratic handling and waning on the republican negotiators. >> we knew the republicans would be blamed for the cliff. that's been clear. poll after poll shows that. >> holidays are over. we've gotten through that and now we pay attention to what's going on, and, man, it's ugly. >> i have my husband's birthday to get through. the beat goes on. >> christmas babies get gypped. i feel bad. >> yeah. >> what are you talking about tonight? >> about this, grover norquist to talk about it. >> love him. >> he's got to be annoyeded. >> on where is the commonground. >> than
, relative to the death of the honorable daniel k. inouye, senator from the state of ohio. -- hawaii. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 17, 2012, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip each, to five minutes but in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: thank you, mr. speaker. the reality behind the fiscal cliff is that if we really get down to work, talking with one another, digging into the details, it really is not that hard. the nuclear arsenal is a prime example and something that doesn't get nearly the attention it deserves and is an illustration of why the fiscal sequestration level over the next 10 years for the department of defense, which would bring it down to 2007 spending leve
be interested to see. he was the pros -- supposed to leave for hawaii for his christmas vacation today. i do not think it would happen. this morning around 10:30 a.m. for the national -- at the national cathedral for the funeral. i did not know what he does next. democrats have been saying all along they were prepared to go over the cliff if they were not presented with a deal they thought was acceptable. i think it is possibly even at this point looks likely to happen. and then they would have to move on what is next. they always believed from a strategic perspective that if they went over the cliff, all of the taxes would expire and any thing the house republicans would pass from then on out would be a tax cut as opposed to a tax increase. this has been a rhetorical proposition that was put out by even senator patty murray as early as last july. the funny thing what is when you heard top republican talkers and leadership discussing the vote that was supposed to be happening last night that is how they phrased it. not a tax hike but letting rates rise on an income where it was already set t
in places like california and hawaii because of land use laws from the 1960's. second, if you look to the community reinvestment act, if you think that is the cause of the bubble, you have to explain why there was not a bubble in houston, raleigh, n.c., that winter? -- atlanta? it applied to those cities just as much as san francisco and miami, yet there were bubbles there and no balls in houston, omaha, -- bubbles in houston, ohio, -- global hawk, where have you. host: you conclude the book with "home ownership is not just an american dream, a dream of people all over the world. guest: that is absolutely right. a lot of research has shown that homeownership is one way to help people get out of poverty. if you want to start a small business, it turns out most are started with a loan on a business owner's home. if you want to put your kids through college, you can borrow against your home. homeownership is a way to build wealth. yet we have government saying we should get more people into apartments, fewer people into cinder the -- single-family homes. host: what is the track over l
, when the president is supposed to head to hawaii on his christmas vacation, all of this could slide. the real deadline is the end of the year, but they really need to strike a deal by christmas. and even doing that, have been waiting as long as that is something that could really roil the market. so it's also important that they do it before then, ted. >> yeah, well, hopefully the threat of missing their vacation will push them to work harder. >> it works sometimes. >> sure. brianna keilar for us this morning at the white house. brianna, thank you. this morning, some calming words on syria amid fears that the crumbling regime there could unleash chemical weapons on its own people, just days after the u.s. and other countries warned embattled president bashar al assad against such action. defense secretary leon panetta says syria may be backing away from that threat. here is what panetta said earlier this morning aboard a flight to kuwait city. >> we haven't seen anything new indicating, you know, any aggressive steps to move forward in that way. but we continue to monitor it very cl
are the most union heavy. the biggest ones are new york, alaska, hawaii, and washington. michigan comes right in behind washington. which is why "the wall street journal" goes with the headline that this is a blow in a particularly union dominated state. looking at some other news, this one out of the south, for "the new york times," "the gop control in north carolina, with a republican controlled legislature, long a politically moderate player will soon have its most conservative government in a century." a couple of stories in the news, looking back at what happened during the road to the white house, the campaign for the white house and others around the country. $10.6 million spent. the largest corporate donor of the 2012 elections, the company remains shrouded in mystery weeks after the election. the company donated $10.5 million to 80 party affiliated superpac, and overall 150 people, businesses, and unions, contributed $1 million or more, totaling $518 million according to the analysis from "usa today." doing a post-mortem, the mitt romney television strategy comes under fire. televisi
that you're on of the they were upset that they went on christmas vacations. the president went to hawaii and members of congress went home. both sides said we're going to come back to washington because we've got to solve the situation. i think what so many people are frustrated about is this is an ongoing situation. it's like every year we come to this point where we're talk being this cliff and this is what i think has angered so many voters and why congress has such a low approval rating. >> rick: they also got to this point because of their last time they did this. it was the last debt creating fight that deleted this thing. now they gave themselves an amount of time to work on it you and thought maybe last week there was a little progress being made. turns out there is not. we're back to exactly where we started at and we're eight days out now. >> clayton: you're right about that 'cause senator baucus, even back around thanksgiving, the senator from month month said oh, this is not going to get done, around thanksgiving. he said we will wait, as congress does, this will come to the
both be blamed for. that's why we have the president flying back from hawaii. that's why we have republicans coming in on sunday even though neither side expects it to change any. the great line in this story, the talking bint it they have is the lines of communication remain open, but all are reporting that the lines of communication may remain open but they're not saying anything. they're negotiating out loud. it's like when you send an e-mail and put your boss on it or copy the whole office. you're not trying to persuade but make your point. >> i'll never do that. richard wolf, are you still awake down there. >> i am. i go to starbucks. >> let me ask you this unearned sense of optimism that seeps out between talk of going over the cliff. we'll go over the cliff but get a deal done within the next two weeks after january 1st. why am i thinking maybe they won't get a deal done? >> right. why? because you watched these idiots try to come up with a deal sore. they didn't have an agreement with the recovery act and republicans didn't want to step up then. we're talking about two se
president obama called myself and the speaker and maybe others from hawaii and asked if there was something weekend do to avoid the fiscal cliff. i say i'm a little frustrated because we've been asking the president and the democrats to work with us on a bipartisan agreement for months, literally for months. a plan that would simplify the tax code, shrink the deficit, protect the taxpayers, and grow the economy. but democrats consistently rejected those offers. the president chose instead to spend his time on the campaign trail. this was even after he got reelected. and congressional democrats sat on their hands. now republicans have bent over backwards. we stepped way, way out of our comfort zone. we wanted an agreement, but we had no takers. the phone never rang. and so now here we are five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. democrats have had an entire year to put forward a balanced bipartisan proposal, and if they had something that fit the bill, i'm sure the majority leader would have been able to deliver the votes the president would have needed to pass it her
over the cliff. >> mike, what happens to the president's plans? he usually goes to hawaii for christmas and new year's. he'd have to stay in washington. >> i don't know that. because the president's not going to want to look like he's a captive of washington. he did stay here once before and then extended his vacation. that was part of why i've been predicting december 23rd. but these stages of grief by both sides are just going slower than they expected. they're doing the dance, but it's just so slow. so i think it's possible that nothing happens next week, that next week we get a real proposal from either side. but they're not making -- we've been talking about this for months and months. but the guys in the actual room have only been doing this for a couple days. and they're not ready to concede yet. they're still at their sort of starting gate positions. >> mike, is there any sort of quiet blue dog action on this on either the right or the left, more moderate members who are talking maybe offline who may step into the breach if there is one? >> there's a little bit, and there's cert
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